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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
   Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
   Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

    Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.

   Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.

   This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.


   This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.

   In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
   With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.

   
RF JAM 1:1 James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Rejoice!
   
RF JAM 1:2 General Exhortations.
Consider it all pleasure, my brethren, when you fall into various trials;
   
RF JAM 1:3 understanding that the proof of your faith produces patience.
   
RF JAM 1:4 Then let patience have a perfect effect, in order that you may be perfect and complete, defective in nothing.
   
RF JAM 1:5 But if any of you be deficient in wisdom, let him ask it from God, Who gives to all freely and without reproach; and it will be granted to him.
   
RF JAM 1:6 Let him ask, however, with faith, never doubting; because the doubter is like a wave of the sea, blown about and broken.
   
RF JAM 1:7 Never let such a man imagine that he will receive anything from the Lord;
   
RF JAM 1:8 a hesitating man is irresolute in all his ways.
   
RF JAM 1:9 But let the brother of humble rank rejoice in his elevation;
   
RF JAM 1:10 and the rich in his humbling; because like the flower of grass he shall fade away.
   
RF JAM 1:11 For the sun rises with his scorching rays, and withers the grass; and its flower fades, and the beauty of its form disappears. In the same way also shall the rich man wither in his ways.
   
RF JAM 1:12 Happy is the man who endures temptation; because upon his resistance he will receive the crown of life, which He has promised to those who love Him.
   
RF JAM 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted from God; " for God is in experienced in evils; and He tempts no one.
   
RF JAM 1:14 But every one is tempted by the longing and seducing of his own lust.
   
RF JAM 1:15 Then the passion, when it has conceived, produces sin; and the sin, having fully developed, produces death.
   
RF JAM 1:16 Do not, my dear brethren, be led astray.
   
RF JAM 1:17 Every beneficent gift, and each perfect endowment, comes from above; descending from the Father of lights, with Whom there is not a change of position or shadow of variation.
   
RF JAM 1:18 Having resolved, He brought us forth by a true message, in order that we might be a sample Of what He created for Himself.
   
RF JAM 1:19 Stand fast, my dear brothers: but let every man be quick to listen, slow to assert, slow to anger;
   
RF JAM 1:20 because the anger of man is not conducive to Divine righteousness.
   
RF JAM 1:21 Therefore, stripping off all vicious filth and excess, accept with modesty the implanted Message, which is able to save your souls.
   
RF JAM 1:22 Become rational workers, however; and not merely listeners, thus deluding yourselves.
   
RF JAM 1:23 Because if any one is a hearer of reason, and is not a practicer, he is like a man contemplating his natural face in a mirror;
   
RF JAM 1:24 although he sees himself, yet on going away, he immediately forgets what he was like.
   
RF JAM 1:25 But he who examines into a perfect law—that of Liberty and steadfastness—becomes not a forgetful listener, but an active worker; he will be happy through his own activity.
   
RF JAM 1:26 If any one imagines himself to be religious, yet not bridling his own tongue, but deceiving even his own heart, the religion of that man is worthless.
   
RF JAM 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion in the presence of the God and Father is this, To care for the fatherless and widows in their distress; to preserve himself unspotted from the world.
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